FIFA came under pressure from several European federations, who called for their captains to wear rainbow bands at the World Cup to symbolize the fight against discrimination in football.
“Wearing this ribbon will send a clear message to the world,” England captain Harry Kane said, as reported in the British media.
The “One Love” campaign against discrimination in football started in the Netherlands, where the team plays in one group with Qatar, the host of the World Cup.
Eight European teams have declared their will to wear the rainbow band. These are France, Germany, the Netherlands, Switzerland, England, Wales, Belgium and Denmark.
Serbia, Croatia, Portugal and Spain did not take part in the campaign, and the captain of the Polish national team, Robert Lewandowski, will wear a ribbon in the colors of the Ukrainian flag on his shoulder.
Serb Dusan Tadic had problems with the colors of the captain’s armband. He was the hero of Ajax’s 3-2 victory over RKC, scored the deciding goal, but was criticized after the match.
Not because of the game, but because he did not condemn Russia’s attack on Ukraine. Dutch journalists were troubled by the fact that he did not follow the example of many of the other captains of the biggest European teams.
In the 25th Eredivisie queue, all captains wore ribbons in the colors of the Ukrainian flag, with the exception of Tadic, who did not show solidarity with the country.
After the match, the journalist asked the then Ajax coach, Erik Ten Haag, why this was happening, since only a few days earlier, during the match with AZ Alkmaar, the footballer was wearing an armband with a Ukrainian motif.
– You answered yourself. He wore it against AZ Alkmaar, that’s all, said Ten Haag at the time.
His eyesight deteriorated day by day. First in one eye. Activities in the hall, a ball hit in the face and Michał Globisz was in the hospital. Later, visibility in the other eye faded. Nevertheless, the deserved youth coach and educator can still be found in the stands of the stadium in Gdynia – he comes to the matches and his friends tell him what is happening on the pitch. In “X-ray”, the guardian of the gold medalists of the European Championships from years ago talks about learning a new life and setting the head at such an angle that the number of an oncoming trolleybus can be seen at the stop.
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